Life is not a template and neither is mine. Like several who have worked as journalists, I am a generalist in my over two decade experience across print, global news wires and dotcom firms. But there has been one underlying theme in each phase; life gave me the chance to observe and tell a story -- from early days tracking a securities scam to terror attacks and some of India's most significant court trials. Besides writing, I have jumped fences to become an entrepreneur, as an investment advisor -- and also taught the finer aspects of business journalism to young minds. At Forbes India, I also keep an eye on some of its proprietary specials like the Rich list, GenNext and Celebrity lists. An alumnus of Xavier Institute of Communications and H.R College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai, I have worked for organisations such as Agence France-Presse, Business Standard, The Financial Express and The Times of India prior to this.
Shares of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company debuted for trading at the stock markets on Thursday, sliding down to close at Rs 297.65 at the Bombay Stock Exchange, down 10.88 percent compared to the issue price of Rs 334.
This has become the first major Indian life insurance company to list at the stock exchanges.
ICICI Prudential is the joint venture between the ICICI Bank and Prudential Corporate Holdings, part of the financial services Prudential Group.
The life insurance company decided to price the issue at the higher end of the IPO, at the topmost end of the Rs 300 to 334 price band.
The broader benchmark 30-share Sensex Index fell 465.28 points or 1.64 percent to end the day at 27,827.53 points, on news of rising geo-political tension between traditional rivals India and Pakistan.
Earlier this month, the Rs 6,057 crore ICICI Prudential Life Insurance initial public offering (IPO) was lapped up by investors and was oversubscribed 10.48 times. Bids were placed for 138.77 crore equity shares, against an issue size of 13.23 crore equity shares.
Santosh Singh, head of research of Haitong Securities, said that ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company had strong fundamentals, but said that the right valuations for the company were about 10 to 12 percent lower than the current price. “However, investors with a longer 3 to 4 year horizon could buy at current levels,” he told CNBC-TV18 when trading in the stock commenced.
The listing of insurance firms will ensure greater transparency of their functioning. The global book running lead managers to the offer were DSP Merrill Lynch and ICICI Securities.